Thursday, March 10, 2005

Quote for the Day:

Hey, my quote today is not from anybody else's blog, for a change:

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." ~Albert Einstein~

Now those are very important words for any renaissance girl or boy to take to heart. I think that in modern western culture (both work and play) we put alot of pressure on ourselves to try to be super people. Media images show us finely crafted people and situations where the characters look perfect, have great jobs, beautiful apartments, and well-behaved families. We take these images to heart, even though we understand they are fiction, because we see so much of it - it must be true. Media images are insidious that way. They look like real people, they sound like real people, so they must be real people. But real people don't have perfect lives where every problem is resolved within a twenty minute plot line.

At work, we are subjected to a performance review regularily, and a prevaling message within the corporate culture is: "if you are doing X well, now work on Y" Though it is important to consistently work on improving oneself - this message at work can often result in a feeling of "my best isn't good enough" or " mistakes will not be tolerated."

But if you are afraid to make mistakes, then you will never feel comfortable taking chances and trying new things, and if you won't try anything new then you run the very real risk of missing out on something that was made for you. This is not to say that you should throw caution to the wind, and behave like a lunatic. Calculated Risks, and Taking chances is good for your soul however, and essential to personal (and professional) growth


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